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Poster: kapowsin Date: Mar 20, 2005 4:24pm
Forum: etree Subject: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

I'm looking for some really good versions of Wharf Rat. I've researched a little on the web, but am looking for more. Tips would be appreciated. I like the mid 70's, but I'm not averse to the 80's and 90's.
Cheers,
Jeff

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Poster: AshesRising Date: May 18, 2006 8:05pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

1977-11-06 (Broome County, Binghampton) -- they do a wall of music that sounds like they are marching full-force through a brick wall before the final verse.-- keep listening after "Wharf Rat" and check out how they drop into the "Saint Stephen reprise" and of all insane suggestions listen to "Truckin'" -- insane jam including Jerry's solo's is an understatement...
...and if you want to read a unique interpretation go to the following link and see the post #51 at the bottom:
http://www3.clearlight.com/~acsa/dsvue.htm?http://engaged.well.com/engaged/engaged.cgi?c=deadsongs.vue&t=221

FANTASTIC SONG TO START A POST - THANKS, - AshesRising

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Poster: Hambunner Date: May 18, 2006 9:45pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

The best Wharf Rat in my opinion is by far 6-20-83 Merriweather Post Pavillion, MD. Storm and pouring rain at an outside amphitheater. You hear the lighting strike in the middle of the song and the crowd goes wild, right before the band sings "I'll get up and FLY AWAY". Bobby loses his mind. Too bad a great recording of this show doesn't exist...

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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Aug 21, 2006 1:10am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

I cant find ANY recording of that 83 show, can anyone help?

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Poster: Hambunner Date: Aug 21, 2006 2:40am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

It can be found right here on the archive: http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-06-20.fob-senn.sws.11931.sbeok.shnf

Incidentally, this segues into my favorite Sugar Magnolia of all time. They play it differently and you can tell how fired up they were. Listen closely to a taper yelling "whooo" every few moments when the jam really picks up. Bobby rambling on about aboringes... classic. Enjoy.

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Poster: rjs13 Date: Apr 26, 2011 12:51pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

have to agree that it is 1977/11/6 (Broome County Arena, Binghamton, NY). unbelievably emotional and the intense piano refrain that runs throughout the jam gives me chills every time

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDiana Hamilton Date: Mar 20, 2005 9:15pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

By which band? ;)

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Mar 24, 2005 1:03am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

09-27-1972 Stanley Theatre is perhaps the best Wharf Rat pre 1975...

06-20-1983 is a phenomenal 80s version

09-22-1993 is a monster version with David Murray on sax...

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Poster: dealint Date: Mar 20, 2005 9:57pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

http://www.setlists.net

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Poster: JodyC Date: Mar 21, 2005 1:16am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

Scratch my previous post. It is on Dicks Picks 29 but is not on either days set list. Come to think of it, thats probably why it is not listed-it was from another show. You'd probably have to contact someone associated with Dicks Picks at the Dead site to find out what show it came from, unless someone knows on this site. If you know someone with the DP29, I believe you'll find it on disc 2 where there are only 4 songs listed.

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Poster: *Merlin* Date: Mar 21, 2005 1:35am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

I'm a fan of 2/18/71 as is it the first performance of the song, stuck in the middle of a tasty Dark Star sandwich. Great Jam out of WR into the second verse of DS which appeared on 'So Many Roads' as 'Beautiful Jam.' You will find better versions of WR but you've got to have this one in your collection.

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Poster: touch heads rule Date: Mar 21, 2005 2:26am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

I can't remember the dates but there where some great ones in 94-95 where Jerry pretended to forgett the words.Late Dead Rules!!

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Poster: StrawRider Date: Mar 24, 2005 2:00pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

*Merlin* wrote:
I'm a fan of 2/18/71 as is it the first performance of the song, stuck in the middle of a tasty Dark Star sandwich. Great Jam out of WR into the second verse of DS which appeared on 'So Many Roads' as 'Beautiful Jam.' You will find better versions of WR but you've got to have this one in your collection.

I just wanted to point out that this was the first performance of Wharf Rat (among other songs) so it's worth hearing for that as well.

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Feb 27, 2009 7:34am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

it's from 10.11.77

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Poster: paint-picker Date: Mar 21, 2005 5:49am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

The hidden tracks on DP29 are from 10.11.77 and are on disc 2, tracks 5, 6 & 7 - Not Fade Away > Wharf Rat > Around & Around and disc 5, tracks 6 & 7 - Dancin In the Street > Dire Wolf and the Wharf Rat is superb.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: May 18, 2006 8:30pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

Hey paint-picker! - I put a post up today looking for other hidden songs on Dick's Picks. Do you know of any others besides DP 13 and DP 29? Thanks a lot, - AshesRising

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Poster: JodyC Date: Mar 21, 2005 6:24am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

Well done on the hidden track info!

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Poster: Wharfrat73 Date: Mar 21, 2005 12:28pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

12-2-73 is my favorite.

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Poster: imagineimagery Date: Mar 20, 2005 7:24pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

i very much enjoy 5- 19 -74 from portland, oregon. Probably not the best ever but very very sweet, part of the reason i think i like it so much is that it comes out of an absolutely wonderful Weather Report Suite / part I and a Let It Grow. Coincidentally, i had been listening to a poorly recorded bootleg of that show for almost ten years, and it was the very first thing i searched for when i found this lovely site- and man oh man is the quality better, go check it out

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Poster: JodyC Date: Mar 21, 2005 1:16am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

Scratch my previous post. It is on Dicks Picks 29 but is not on either days set list. Come to think of it, thats probably why it is not listed-it was from another show. You'd probably have to contact someone associated with Dicks Picks at the Dead site to find out what show it came from, unless someone knows on this site. If you know someone with the DP29, I believe you'll find it on disc 2 where there are only 4 songs listed.

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Poster: droncit Date: Mar 21, 2005 9:37pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

4/6/78 is interesting, because Jerry sings "for some mother f's crime" rather than "for some other f's crime." I hadn't heard that any other time.

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Poster: JodyC Date: Mar 21, 2005 12:47am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

Theres a 4cd Dicks Picks I have at home from 5/19 and 5/21/77 in Lakeland Fla. Oddly enough, it is a hidden track not listed on the cover. If you use the setlist site provided by one of the other posts for those two days you'll find a winner Wharf Rat. There is a decent one from Boston 5/7/77 that opens with one of the drummers using the snare to sound like the tide coming in and out, which I don't recall hearing on other versions. Hope this helps. If you download the Boston show or song, do it off the remastered version done by Eaton. It is much cleaner than the other lossless version available for the same show.

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Poster: dolce Date: Sep 2, 2011 12:51pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

12/31/87 is one of the best.

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Poster: 84solstice Date: Jul 9, 2013 7:25pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

The best I have heard is 6/22/73. It reminds me of Newport folk festival Dylan doing Tamborine man in its perfect lyrical cadence.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jul 10, 2013 3:58pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

You'll have to get it from one of the Road Trips releases (or check out the Miller versions here on the archive) but 10/7/77 is probably the most pristine version I've ever heard.

5/17/77 on the new May '77 box release is a close second, and don't over look 12/31/78 from Farewell to Winterland as people often do. It's a top 3 version as well.

This post was modified by grendelschoice on 2013-07-10 22:58:50

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Poster: 84solstice Date: Jul 11, 2013 8:06pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

Thanks for the 10/7/77 recommendation. This might be an apples and oranges thing here. 6/22/73 has no vocal harmonies or real jam section, but the timing and vocal phrasing goes very deep. Something I realized too is that 6/22/73 has Phil in fine form - the bass is astonishing. The Charlie Miller soundboard is pretty clear. I have not tried downloading it. 6/22/73 has a lot to offer in general.

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Poster: meg/gem Date: Jul 10, 2013 6:31pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: 'Best' Wharf Rat?

I agree 5/17/77 is an all timer.
I'd throw 11/21/73 in the discussion as well.

but I haven't sat down & listened to every version to make a exhaustive call
on the matter.

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